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Billionaire Warren Buffett is “consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people, and is the third wealthiest person in the world as of 2010… He is one of the most successful investors in the world… In 2007, he was listed among Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the world.” (Source: http://www.wikipedia.org/) People’s ears perk up whenever he speaks on his views on economy and other issues. His devoted followers deem his economic wisdom Solomonic.
Now, what was the best advice that this most sought-after font of financial advices has ever received? In an exclusive interview, he lauds his father, businessman and politician Howard Buffett, for “teaching him how to live” (Yahoo! News) Buffett credited him for teaching “The power of unconditional love. I mean, there is no power on earth like unconditional love. And I think that if you offered that to your child, I mean, you’re 90 percent of the way home. There may be days when you don’t feel like it — it’s not uncritical love; that’s a different animal — but to know you can always come back, that is huge in life. That takes you a long, long way. And I would say that every parent out there that can extend that to their child at an early age, it’s going to make for a better human being.” (Ibid) It seems that Buffett is also working on making a better world. He is now fulfilling his pledge of donating 99% of his wealth to charity. (He already gave away US$2 billion.) And, to top it all, Buffett “has joined forces once again with Bill and Melinda Gates on an initiative to persuade the world’s billionaires to donate half their fortunes to charity.” (Ibid) What a noble cause indeed!
Yet, we don’t even have to be billionaires to fulfill such cause. We have already experienced the power of unconditional love. “We know what love is because Jesus gave his life for us. That’s why we must give our lives for each other.” (1 John 3:16, CEV) So, now we are to transform from objects of God’s love to channels of His love, from recipients to givers. Since we experienced His love, we are now to express it through our words and works. That’s how it is to live! Sharing God’s love is also one sure sign that we really received it. “God is love, and anyone who doesn’t love others has never known him… Our love for each other proves that we have gone from death to life.” (1 John 4:8; 3:14a) It is time that we grow from not just being loved towards being lovers ourselves.
My take? “We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19, ESV)